Paradise City Marlborough, November 2023 • Press Release

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Press Contact:
Linda Post, Founding Director
Paradise City Inc.
163A Northampton Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Toll Free: (800) 511-9725 x102
Cell: (413) 575-3231
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PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release


A highly selective, beautifully curated showcase for 175 outstanding artists and craft makers, this event is a “must-see” for lovers of the arts in the Greater Boston region and beyond.

Event Date: November 17-19, 2023

Marlborough, Massachusetts: November 17, 18 & 19 are the dates for the Fall Paradise City Arts Festival in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Held at the Royal Plaza Trade Center the weekend before Thanksgiving, this beautiful, festive event has been New England’s “kick off the holidays” tradition for more than twenty years. 

Paradise City is a treasure-trove of gift ideas, one-of-a-kind home furnishings, fashion, jewelry and fine art. With two cafes, live music in the air, and this season’s themed exhibit “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” in the Sculpture Cafe, this event is a “must-see” for lovers of the arts in the Greater Boston region and beyond. From potters and painters to woodworkers and jewelers, it’s easy to find gifts – in every price range – that transcend expectations.

When AmericanStyle Magazine included the Paradise City Arts Festival in Marlborough in its “Top 10 Art and Craft Fairs in America”, the editors declared this Festival “innovative, always fresh and vibrant…This show allows artists to think outside the box and present work you won’t find anywhere else.’’ Keeping it fresh has always been a mantra at Paradise City – and that’s why you always discover works and artists that you’ve never seen before. They come from cities like Los Angeles, Santa Fe and Chicago, and far-flung states like Iowa, California, Florida and North Carolina. You’ll also find brand-new local treasures, coming out of their New England studios to exhibit at Paradise City for the very first time.

The venue is easily accessible from all parts of New England via I-495 and features acres of free parking. A shuttle bus runs a continuous loop to and from the adjoining parking lots. Two cafés serve light meals, beverages, wine and beer, and desserts.

Special Themed Exhibit: “A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE”

When using the image of a rose, or the color named for the flower, what exactly are we referring to? Is it the romanticism of the red rose, a nod to its association with the goddess Aphrodite? Is it the presence of something beautiful within a thorny, dangerous environment? “A rose is a rose is a rose”, the quote from Gertrude Stein’s poem Sacred Emily, is an attempt to claw back the rose from its mixed metaphor of meaning — in other words, it is what it is. Some artists revel in the form itself: a painting of a vase of flower buds or a rose garden, an earring in the shape of a many-petaled rose, perhaps even a sculpture, bowl, or piece of furniture that reflects the signature spiraling of a blooming rose flower. Others take the red-rose color to heart. And as history shows us, few symbols are as malleable, as open to interpretation and analysis, as the rose.

But in the end, when you look at the world through rose-colored glasses, everything is beautiful!”

In the Sculpture Café

The sunlit Sculpture Café is a meeting place, a gallery exhibition area, and a cozy spot to grab a drink or a sweet bite and take a break after your first pass through the show. Friends coming to the fair together often reconnect at one of the tables in the Sculpture Café for coffee, a sweet treat, and to share the contents of their shopping bags. For food that’s savory and substantial, look to the Paradise Café at the rear of the hall for sandwiches, salads, hot soups and tasty daily specials with a glass of wine.

Every day from noon to 4pm live music wafts from the café through the entire exhibition hall. From Motown and swing to classic jazz and original music, these artful and lively musicians enhance the Paradise City experience. The Café is also the location for “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose”, Instagram heaven, and a perfect place to people-watch and share the contents of your shopping bag with friends.

MPSMA Benefit

The annual coat check and gift wrap station at the door benefits the Marlborough Public Schools Music Association through voluntary donations. The Association supports instrumental, vocal and dance groups in the local schools and after school programs. The members are the parents of the music students, the students themselves, music teachers and community supporters who have a strong belief in the importance of music education. Paradise City Arts Festivals have raised more than $500,000 over the years to benefit community causes.

Fast Facts

What: Paradise City Arts Festival in Marlborough, MA
175 juried artists from 20 states exhibiting original works in painting, art glass, ceramics, decorative fiber, fine furniture, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, photography, large-scale sculpture, wearable art and wood. With live music, special exhibits, and two cafés.

Where: The Royal Plaza Trade Center 181 Royal Plaza Drive (at Route 20W), Marlborough, MA 01752
Just 5 minutes north of the intersection of Mass Pike (I-90) and I-495, Marlborough is only 35 minutes from downtown Boston, and an easy drive from NH, RI, CT, ME and points west. From all points, take I-495 to exit 63B (Route 20 West). The Royal Plaza Trade Center is about 1 mile on the right.

When: November 17, 18 & 19, 2023
Friday, November 17: 10am-5pm
Saturday, November 18: 10am-6pm
Sunday, November 19: 11am-5pm

Adults: online $14, at box office $16. Students: $8. 12 and under free. Free Parking!
Tickets available online or at the box office.
Discount coupons and group tickets available online.
Free full color program with admission.

Complete show and travel information, online tickets and discounted admissions: For more information, call 800.511.9725